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Liberal Party (Moldova)

Liberal Party
President Mihai Ghimpu
Founder Anatol Şalaru
Founded 5 September 1993
Headquarters Chişinău
Membership  (2014) 20,000[1]
Ideology Conservative liberalism,[2]
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation None
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (observer)
Colours Blue, Yellow
13 / 101
District Presidents
1 / 32
Politics of Moldova
Political parties

The Liberal Party (Romanian: Partidul Liberal, Russian: Либеральная партия) is a conservative-liberal[2][3] political party in Moldova.

The president of the party is Mihai Ghimpu. His nephew Dorin Chirtoacă is the current Mayor of Chișinău and vice-president of the Party.


The party was established under the name Party of Reform in 1993, by Anatol Şalaru. In 1997 Mihai Ghimpu was elected chairman. Until April 2005, the party had a Christian democratic electoral platform.[4] Competing in the parliamentary elections of 1994, 1998 and 2001, the Party of Reform failed to enter parliament, as its results of 2.36%, 0.54% and 0.67%, respectively, failed to meet the electoral threshold of 5%.

Electoral Success

At the second party congress, held on 24 April 2005, party members decided to change the name to the Liberal Party, adopting a new logo and programme, which presented a liberal political platform. Mihai Ghimpu was elected president of the party. The party competed in the 2009 parliamentary election, obtaining 13.13% of the vote and of 15 seats in parliament. At the the second parliamentary election of 2009, the popular vote rose to 14.68%.

As a consequence of the second parliamentary election of 2009, the party signed a coalition agreement with the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party and the Our Moldova Alliance, constituting the Alliance for European Integration. The party was included in the First Filat Cabinet. At the 2010 parliamentary election, the party obtained 9.96% of the vote and 12 seats in parliament. The party remained in the Second Filat Cabinet. The European Action Movement merged into the party in March 2011.[5]

Under the leadership of Ghimpu, the party has altered it's former Christian democratic orientation. On 25 January 2009, a Conference for the constitution of a Women's wing for the Liberal Party the "Liberal Women's Organisation" was held. The party also formed a youth wing the "Young Liberals". The party has joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) as an observer member.

Internal split

In 2013 the party suffered an internal split. On April 12 the Liberal Party Reform Council was launched, with Ion Hadârcă as leader.[6] The members of this Council were called "Liberal Reformers" by the media. The internal split became permanent when the Liberal Reformers joined the Pro-European Coalition, formed after the dissolution of the Alliance for European Integration, remaining on in the Leancă Cabinet after the Liberal Party left the government. The Liberal Reformist Party competed separately at the 2014 parliamentary elecion.

Electoral results


Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats +/–
1994 41,980 2.36
0 / 101
1998 8,844 0.54
0 / 101
2001 10,6861 0.671
0 / 101
2005 Did not participate
2009 (April) 201,879 13.13
15 / 101
Increase 15
2009 (July) 232,108 14.68
15 / 101
2010 171,445 9.96
12 / 101
Decrease 3
2014 149,033 9.53
13 / 101
Increase 1
  1. 1 Result of the electoral alliance "Faith and Justice".

In the 2007 local elections the party gained 18.31% in Chişinău municipality and 11 seats on the Chişinău Municipal Council. Its vice-president, Dorin Chirtoacă, became Mayor.

Notable members



  1. ^ "Partidul Liberal (PL)". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. ^ European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity
  4. ^
  5. ^
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External links

  • – Official website (Romanian)
  • – Official website (Romanian)
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